16 Jul 2019

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Book Review / The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

Child experts will tell you that I'm way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?' Who is Bobby Seed? He's just your average sixteen-year-old - same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there's the Bobby Seed who's a world away from average. 

The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum's backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he's stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That's Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different ...

Published:     14th June 2018
Publisher:  Bloomsbury
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone

Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


Simply put, this book blew me away.

We follow Bobby Seed who is the main carer for both his brother who is, I believe, autistic, and his mother who has MS.  For a teenager to take on such responsibility, I would expect that person to fall apart or break in some way.  Bobby Seed was made of stronger stuff. He is strong for his mother and brother, he takes care of the home and his family and also goes to school.  That is a lot for any person to take on, let alone a sixteen year old.  This change for Bobby when he starts to attend a therapy group to help him cope with what is happening in his life.  There, he discovers more about himself and even makes friends.

What I liked the most about this book was that it did not glorify any of the issues that you come across, it simply shows what Bobby does in each and every circumstance.  It may not always be the best choice but it shows what he chooses and explains why.  

This book really is an emotional rollercoaster and a very important book that should be read by everyone, especially for those who are going through similar circumstances.